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Pauline Oliveros: Quintuplets Play Pen—Homage to Ruth Crawford, Performed by Sarah Cahill at Other Minds 8, 2002

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Pauline Oliveros: Quintuplets Play Pen—Homage to Ruth Crawford, Performed by Sarah Cahill at Other Minds 8, 2002


Published March 8, 2002
Topics Avantgarde


Pianist Sarah Cahill performs Pauline Oliveros' piece Quintuplets Play Pen: Homage to Ruth Crawford (2001). Cahill at the time spoke of the piece as "a playful polyrhythmic dance. There are layers of counterpoint: a bass line which rings out with help from the sostenuto pedal (Crawfod was very fond of this particular pedal); steady staccato quintuplets; and a delicate melody in sixteenth notes. There are fifteen distinct sections, of ten measures each. I think of their individual characters like members of a dysfunctional family. The closing is vituosic and difficult, with a surprise ending. Pauline remarked that the piece creates a kind of play pen for the ten fingers. I had insisted on a notated piece, since I can't improvise (or won't), and this is the wonderful result. The work is one of a group commissioned by me from various composers in 2001 to honor the centennial of composer and folklorist Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901 - 1953)."


Source Other Minds
Run time 00:03:42
Label / Recorded by David Josephson

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All Other Minds programs available, with additional print and photo materials, at http://www.radiOM.org.

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